What Is Single Payer, Anyway? It Depends Who You Ask.



For any political candidate running for office today, a central health-policy question is: What do you think of single payer? But perhaps a more fundamental question would be: What, exactly, do [...]

How Community Health Workers Could Create Less-Costly, Higher-Quality Care



We usually think of innovations in health care—novel cancer treatments, cutting-edge surgical techniques, powerful imaging tests—as being developed in the U.S., and later diffusing to other [...]

Is It Getting Harder to Care for Poor Patients?



In my more exasperated moments of residency, I must admit I was envious not only of what my supervising doctors knew, but also who they treated. Residents in our clinic, doctors in training just [...]

The Largest Health Disparity We Don’t Talk About



I didn’t think our relationship would last, but neither did I think it would end so soon. My patient had struggled with bipolar disorder his entire life, and his illness dominated our years [...]

Finding Purpose for a Good Life. But Also a Healthy One.



My favorite medical diagnosis is “failure to thrive.” Not because patients are failing to thrive — that part makes me sad. But because of the diagnosis’s bold proposition: Humans, in their [...]